H-SAN MIGUEL

Feb 14, 2011 9:46 PM by Nancy Chen

Smith, guilty on one count, sobs as he's led away in handcuffs

The San Miguel man on trial for shooting a pregnant woman was found guilty of attempted voluntary manslaughter Monday afternoon.

But the jury found Steven Smith not guilty of attempted murder, attempted murder of a fetus, and burglary.

Smith shot Gina Stanko, who was pregnant with his child, back in November 2009.

Smith was noticeably distraught both before and after his verdict came in and seemed short of breath.

He sobbed as the verdicts were read.

The jury had been in deliberations since Monday afternoon of last week and came to a verdict around 4 p.m. this afternoon.

He was found not guilty on two counts of attempted murder for shooting Stanko when she was nearly nine months pregnant with his baby.

Stanko's father, Gus Stanko, says he wanted Smith to be convicted on all charges.

"What did she do for the guy to try to kill her like that, ya know?" he said. "I mean, he went there to kill her, basically. I mean, you don't go to somebody's house with a gun and shoot three times, and hit her in the jaw, one in the head, and one in the thumb."

Gus Stanko said the baby is now 15 months old and has yet to meet his father. He also says the two still live in the Paso Robles area.

Smith told his family he loved them through tears as he was lead away in handcuffs after the verdict was read.

He could now face up to 18-and-a-half years in prison for being found guilty of attempted voluntary manslaughter.

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